Staff Information

Kaia Tollefson, Ph.D.
Project Vista Director

Kaia is the Project Vista Director. She has 28 years of experience in education and 12+ years in higher education. She has had experience teaching in Alaska, New Mexico and California. Kaia is the author of nine monographs/reports and two books.

Email: kaia-joan.tollefson@csuci.edu


Wendy Olson, M.P.P.A
GSC Activity Director & Project Vista Coordinator

Wendy has been a staff member at CI since June 2002 and has over 18 years working in educational environments. Wendy believes that this is an exciting time to work on Project Vista, and having the opportunity to open up our new Graduate Studies Center through this grant is fantastic. GSC will serve a variety of students, from undergraduate through credential and graduate levels. Wendy loves working with staff, students and the community to provide support and collaborate whenever possible.

Email: wendy.olson@csuci.edu


Sara Alcalá, M.S.
GSC Counselor and Coordinator

Sara has been working at CI since 2005 and has 10+ years of experience working in schools, from elementary through university levels. She will provide information and support to CI’s future and current postbac students. Sara is also in charge of assisting with GSC events and coordination of daily operations. She looks forward to meeting with CI students and helping them achieve their goals!

Email: sara.alcala@csuci.edu


Jennifer Lugo 
Administrative Support Assistant

Jennifer has been with the Graduate Studies Center and Project Vista since 2011, working as a student assistant.  She will be receiving her B.A. in Spanish in May 2015. Jennifer's future plans are to join the Teaching Credential program at CI. During her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing fetch with her dog, going to Six Flags Magic Mountain and binge watching shows on Netflix. 

Email: jennifer.lugo@csuci.edu

Student Assistants

Rosa Alvarez
Project Vista & GSC Student Assistant

Rosa is a Junior at CI, majoring in Psychology. Rosa picked CI because it is a small campus away from her usual big city life. Her hobbies include reading, blogging, and solving word puzzles.


Ciara Blackwell
Project Vista & GSC Student Assistant

Ciara is a third year student, currently majoring in Psychology. She chose CI because of the small class sizes and CI’s beautiful campus. Her interests include: reading, writing, dancing, and trips to Disneyland.


Amanda Balades
Project Vista & GSC Graduate Student Assistant 

Amanda is a first year MA Education Disability Studies student. She chose CI because she loved what a small and close knit campus it is. Studying at CI also allows her to stay close to her family. On her spare time, Amanda enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family. 



Meet our GSC CI Service Representatives:

Kristin Carpenter
Financial Aid Counselor

(805) 437-2089
kristin.carpenter@csuci.edu

Contact Kristin for:
Financial Aid, Scholarships


Brianne Keighley
Admissions, Records, & Advising Specialist

(805)437-3201
brianne.keighley@csuci.edu

Current CI Graduate students can contact Brianne for:
Advising, Your schedule of classes (Roadmap), Change of Major/Objective, Academic Leave, Graduation


Melissa Whitacre
CI Program Representative

(805) 312-6367
melissa.whitacre@csuci.edu

Contact Melissa for:
Graduate/Master's degree programs at CI in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, Information Session Schedule, or Organizing an Education Fair at your company


Contact Information

Address:
GSC - El Dorado Hall
1 University Drive,
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-3579
E-mail: gs.center@csuci.edu